When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present (Google eBook)

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Little, Brown, Oct 14, 2009 - History - 480 pages
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Gail Collins, New York Times columnist and bestselling author, recounts the astounding revolution in women's lives over the past 50 years, with her usual "sly wit and unfussy style" (People).

When Everything Changed begins in 1960, when most American women had to get their husbands' permission to apply for a credit card. It ends in 2008 with Hillary Clinton's historic presidential campaign. This was a time of cataclysmic change, when, after four hundred years, expectations about the lives of American women were smashed in just a generation.

A comprehensive mix of oral history and Gail Collins's keen research--covering politics, fashion, popular culture, economics, sex, families, and work--When Everything Changed is the definitive book on five crucial decades of progress. The enormous strides made since 1960 include the advent of the birth control pill, the end of "Help Wanted--Male" and "Help Wanted--Female" ads, and the lifting of quotas for women in admission to medical and law schools. Gail Collins describes what has happened in every realm of women's lives, partly through the testimonies of both those who made history and those who simply made their way.

Picking up where her highly lauded book America's Women left off, When Everything Changed is a dynamic story, told with the down-to-earth, amusing, and agenda-free tone for which this beloved New York Times columnist is known. Older readers, men and women alike, will be startled as they are reminded of what their lives once were--"Father Knows Best" and "My Little Margie" on TV; daily weigh-ins for stewardesses; few female professors; no women in the Boston marathon, in combat zones, or in the police department. Younger readers will see their history in a rich new way. It has been an era packed with drama and dreams--some dashed and others realized beyond anyone's imagining.
  

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User Review  - Kimberley Frank - Goodreads

I have learned so much more from this book about the evolution of feminism and the Equal Rights Movement than I had ever been taught in school or college. It's definitely a read I would recommend to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patty - Goodreads

It has taken me awhile to finish this book, but that was only because other reading had to come first. When I had time, I was immersed in the story that Collins tells in this book. I think Collins has ... Read full review

Contents

9 Backlash
IT WAS AN EXCUSE TO GET AWAY FROM THEIR CHILDREN
INTEREST IN IDEAS WAS LIMITED TO HOW IT WOULD AFFECT LANDING A GOOD SAFE JOB
IT IS MORE IMPORTANT FOR A WIFE TO HELP HER HUSBANDS CAREER
I WAS GIVING SPEECHES FOR BARRY GOLDWATER AND IN NOVEMBER I HAD A BABY
DR SPOCK WAS TRULY LIBERATED FROM TRADITIONAL RESTRAINTS
ID LIKE TO BURN YOU AT THE STAKE
LETS TERMINATE THE BABY AND START AGAIN NEXT MONTH

MY NAME WASNT EVEN ON IT
MEN NEEDED FASTER SERVICE THAN WOMEN
2 The Way We Lived
COULDNT WEAR PANTS AT ALL
I DREAMED I SANG A DUET AT THE MET IN MY MAIDENFORM BRA
HAIR WAS HUGE
HE SQUEALED HIS TIRES
IT WAS NOT A MATTER OF CHOICE
I CANT THINK OF ONE TO BE HONEST
SOMETIMES YOU WONDER WHAT YOURE TEACHING THEM FOR
SUCCESS AND A WELLDRESSED WIFE GO TOGETHER
3 Housework
I THRIVED ON HIS COLORFULNESS
IT WAS SORT OF A FABULOUS TIME
I COULD NOT DO A SHIRT IN LESS THAN TWELVE MINUTES
I THOUGHT EVERYTHING SHOULD BE CLEANED EVERY DAY
NO ONE EVER DIED FROM SLEEPING IN AN UNMADE BED
THE OTHER HALF ARE FREE IN SPIRIT ONLY
IT DOES NOT LAST VERY LONG
I WAS HANGING CLOTHES ON THE LINE WITH TEARS JUST STREAMING DOWN MY FACE
HUNCHED OVER THIS PAPERBACK FROWNING
PART II
4 The Ice Cracks
TELL HER YOUVE JUST STARTED RUNNING
IM NOT SURE I CAN GO TO THOSE LENGTHS
ESTHER THE LADIES ARE HERE
MEN HAVE TO BE REMINDED THAT WOMEN EXIST
SHE WOULD TRAIN THE MEN
I AM ALWAYS STRONG FOR WOMEN YOU KNOW
THIS LITTLE LADY HAS SIMPLY STEPPED OUT OF HER CLASS
AN AIRLINE OR A WHOREHOUSE?
AN NAACP FOR WOMEN
THE MYTHICAL MARCHING MILLIONS
AND MAKE UP FOR THE LACK OF HARRY AT HOME TO CARE
WOMEN WORKED AND NEEDED A PLACE IN THE WORLD
YOU WILL BE ON THE JOB TOMORROW
5 What Happened?
EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS BROADENS A WOMANS MIND
SO THEY HIRE WOMEN
A DESIRE FOR ALL THE ADVANTAGES OF THE TWOINCOME FAMILY
THAT DEFINED THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
JUST A HOUSEWIFE
THE WHOLE LAND SEEMS AROUSED
6 Civil Rights
YOU ALL ARE TOO SCARED TO STAND ON YOUR FEET
OTHER NEGROES WILL HAVE THE CAREER I DREAMED OF
IF YOU WERE GOING TO JAIL YOU DRESSED UP
SOMEONE WILL RISE SOMEONE WILL EMERGE
IF I DONT COME BACK HERES A NUMBER TO CALL
A TRIBUTE TO WOMEN
THATS THEM
THAT WAS OUR UNIFORM
THERES NO ANSWER REALLY
I ASKED FOR VOLUNTEERS AND THEY SENT ME WHITE WOMEN
IT HAD THE APPEARANCES OF A NECKING PARTY
THE DAY MIGHT COME WHEN WOMEN ARENT NEEDED
7 The Decline of the Double Standard
WHILE I WASNT ALLOWED OUT AFTER NINE THIRTY
THE TECHNICAL VIRGINS ASSOCIATION
A LOT MORE FUN BY THE DOZEN
WE WERENT OF THE MINDSET OF SAVING IT FOR THE HUSBANDS ANYMORE
I PROBABLY WOULDNT HAVE DONE THIS IF IT WERENT FOR THE PILL
WHORES DONT GET PREGNANT
REMEMBER ALL OF US HAD TAKEN THE PILL
IT IS AS EASY AS BEING THE LOG ITSELF
THIS VELVET BATHROBE
I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY PERSON LIKE THAT IN THE WORLD
SOCIETY HAS BEGUN TO MAKE IT AS ROUGH FOR VIRGINS
8 Womens Liberation
COOL DOWN LITTLE GIRL
EVERY SINGLE WOMAN HATED HER BREASTS
WE TAKE THE WOMANS SIDE IN EVERYTHING
PEOPLE WOULD END UP LYING ON THE FLOOR
WOULD YOU BELIEVE A BRA BURNING?
IT MADE ME FEEL NORMAL
WE CAN DO IT HES SMALL
YOURE NOT WEARING A BRA RIGHT?
BLACKS ARE OPPRESSED WHITE WOMEN ARE SUPPRESSED
THANK THEE LORD THAT I WAS BORN A WOMAN
WHOD BE AGAINST EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN?
PART III
AND YOU KNOW I WOULD HAVE HELPED HER
IM GOING TO THE LADIES LOUNGE AND READ A BOOK
AS SOMEONE WHO HAS LOVED MEN TOO WELL
THIS WASNT GOING TO BE THE WHOLE THING WAS IT?
I CANT PREDICT PASSAGE NOW
10 Youre Gonna Make It After All
DO YOU PREFER THEM ACTUALLY?
GET THE HELL OUT OF MY RACE
LITTLE GIRL YOU CANT BE IN THE PHOTO
SECONDCLASS CITIZENSHIP SOUNDS GOOD
YOU GOT MARRIED AND YOU NEVER TOLD ME
NOBODY OFFERED TO SCROUNGE UP ANOTHER CHAIR
THEYRE LEGISLATORS AND THEYRE LOVELY
HELLO GIRLS
YOU SEE THAT MAROON MALIBU?
THEY WERE JUST THEMSELVES STARTING OUT
I WAS SUCH A YOUNG NERD
I HAD TO BE EDUCATED QUICKLY
FLY ME
GOD IT WAS MEAN
11 Work and Children
HE HAS THREE CARS AND I HAVE FIVE KIDS
WELL I LOVE YOU TOO BUT I DIDNT PROPOSE
I KNOW I REALLY WANTED TO HAVE A BABY
WE ALL CHIPPED IN I LOVED IT
WHAT WOULD SHOES BE LIKE IF EVERY MAN MADE HIS OWN?
ONE OF THE IRONIES OF THE WOMENS MOVEMENT
THE SOVIETIZATION OF AMERICAN CHILDREN
12 The 1980sHaving It All
THE PROMISE IS DAZZLING
WE WORE SUITS
TOP OF THE WORLD
THAT WAS LIKE A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
SHE WAS VERY FLY
MY DAD WAS A GOOD BABYSITTER
LIFE WAS MESSY
FOREVER SINGLE
HAVING A BABY IS A VERY 1980S THING TO DO
WE HIRED THE PERSON YOU TRAINED
TOO OLD TOO UNATTRACTIVE
THEYRE NOT LISTENING TO YOU FOR THE FIRST TEN MINUTES
THE WOMEN I SPEAK WITH WANT TO KNOW THEIR PARTNERS
RAPE ME LUKE
THE LAUGHINGSTOCK OF THE TRIBAL WORLD
IT MUST BE A SECRETARIAL POSITION IS IT NOT?
13 The 1990sSettling for Less?
MY POINTS TOUCHED A RAW NERVE
I HATE RUG RATS
IT WAS BEFORE WASHING MACHINES
LEGAL ONLY IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES
WE WANTED A PLEASANT OCCASION
AN OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD OF GOING TO WAR
BLACK AND WHITE KIDS RIDE TO THE DAIRY QUEEN TOGETHER
AND YOU MIGHT FLOAT FROM DORM TO DORM
AND ONE DAY IT HAPPENED
14 The New Millennium
BECAUSE YOUNG MEN ARE RARER THEYRE MORE VALUED
I THINK ITS THE MONEY
I COULD NOT LET IT SLIDE
MY WAY OF SIMPLIFYING MY LIFE
ANY WAY YOU MEASURE IT
WE MEN MAY NOT BE PREPARED TO BECOME OZZIES
THE COST OF WOMEN LEAVING
THE CHIEF SOURCE OF IDENTITY AND MEANING
IT WAS NO BIG DEAL
YOU CANT SAY A WOMANS LIFE IS MORE VALUABLE THAN A MANS LIFE
15 Hillary and Sarah and Tahita
WOMEN IN AMERICA ARENT FINISHED YET
SARAH BARRACUDA
I NEVER THOUGHT ID HAVE TO RAISE A FAMILY ALONE
SHE IS PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY ONLY YOUNGER
THESE GUYS ARE JERKS
MAYBE ITS TIME WE LET A WOMAN LEAD US
YOU WEAR SLACKS EVERYWHERE NOW
EPILOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Gail Collins was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1945. She received a B.A. in journalism from Marquette University and an M.A. in government from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She writes an op-ed column for The New York Times every Thursday and Saturday. She was also the first woman to hold the position of Editorial Page Editor at the Times, which she held from 2001 to 2007. She has also written several books including America's Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines and When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present.

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